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By the age of 40, adventure journalist and world traveler, Beth M. Howard, was convinced that no matter what she set her mind to, she could find a way to do it. Nothing, however, had prepared her for to Stuttgart, Germany, to marry a German.
After a lust-filled, trans-Atlantic courtship, Howard trades the West Coast for a newlywed life with Marcus, an automotive engineer. With fairy-tale optimism, she's determined to learn the language, settle into her new home and live happily ever after--in an equal partnership. The Teutonic tongue, she discovers, is about as easy as deciphering DNA code. The Germans have a plethora of rules, she learns, but only by breaking them. And, once she is living in his country, her husband expects her to wash his dishes.
Uh, I don't think so!
"But you are living your dream!" her sister reminds her. "You can have European adventures, and you can write."
Howard has adventures all right--from Stuttgart to Munich, Berlin, Paris, Italy and beyond--and she's written all about them in her lively and witty narrative, "Hausfrau Honeymoon: Love, Language and Other Misadventures in Germany."
Will the marriage survive the minefield of culture clashes? And will she ever learn that "awful German Language?" As Howard strives for the answer, her story will have you laughing, crying and, above all, rooting for a happy ending.
About the Author
Beth M. Howard is the author of four books, including Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie and the cookbook, Ms. American Pie. She has written for The New York Times, Real Simple, and Country Living, among many other publications. She is a regular commentator for Tri States Public Radio in Macomb, Illinois, and has given a TEDx Talk on the healing powers of pie.From 2010 to 2014, she lived in the iconic American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, where she ran the Pitchfork Pie Stand. Her story has been featured on CBS This Morning, CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, BBC, NPR, the Hallmark Channel, the History Channel, in the Los Angeles Times, Better Homes & Gardens, and more. She divides her time between Iowa and Los Angeles, and continues to write, bake pie, and advocate for peace. Her website is www.theworldneedsmorepie.com.